When the Painter Runs Out of Paint

I have plenty of energy today, but for a couple weeks my body has had energy (due to exercise, walking and a healthy diet) but the painter within me has been out of paint. I have struggled with grieving, feeling alone, wanting alone time, anger, frustration, disappointment, spiritual fatigue. It wasn’t one single incident that caused but a myriad of little ones upon big ones. And this was compounded by the fact that though I have been praying, I have not been reading my Bible as much to listen. This quiet slipping of the supply chain was not allowing the paint to be refilled and I was in very short supply. So, suffice it to say, even painters rely completely on their refilling of paint in order to do their craft. So, the lesson here is that all of us require fuel to perform, a medium to do our craft, food to grow, and this is true for our spirits and souls as well as our bodies. The two have different needs, and when one is healthy, the other may not be and that one is invisible until it gets bad enough to takeover the physical. So, the message is clear and poignant. Refill your paint regularly, daily through prayer AND reading the Bible and you will be a successful painter. Recharge your spiritual batteries or you will run out of power and rely on the much weaker physical body to get you there. The spirit, when refreshed, is the strength as God intended it to be. Our relationship with the Supplier of strength gives us strength. The enemy and my ego actively fight this very simple principle. We must be wiser than their trick is and buckle down to the reality of our need for God. A painter is only great as long as they have access to paint. 🙂

Key to Being a Semi-Perfect Wonder Woman

When this Wonder Woman can not find her cape all of a sudden, it is imperative that I take a day off. As I have learned of myself in all these years living so far, probably half the time I will have on this planet (unless something else intervenes first), I have noticed that God gives me all the fuel I need to accomplish any task He gives me to do. However, when I run out of steam and energy, it is best if I rest and pray and read my Bible and refresh and play games with my kids or clean something in the house, etc. For me, when my own energy gives out, I finally realize that God wants me to rest for a bit. And notoriously, after a sometimes all too brief respite, He gives me energy again and I get back to it. That is how I am helping care for my Dad post new stroke and helping Mom settle and taking care of our family and directing children’s choir at church and leading worship at church, etc. When I stay in close touch with the Power Source, He guides me and shows me what I need and when I need it. If I follow His leading, I can do anything He puts in my path for He has promised never to give us more to do than what He also gives us the ability to do it. However, when I don’t rest when I need to or take my reliance off the Power Source and too much on to me, I start feeling overwhelmed and spent and that can easily become sickness. So, if you are placed in a caretaker role as well as other regular duties, know that you will have to necessarily rely on God to meet your energy needs and guide you to times of rest and refreshing. He made us and knows full well how much we need Him and is just waiting for us to ask. Every time we ask, we receive. We may not receive exactly what we were expecting but it is always what we need when we need it.